Montecastelli

Montecastelli offers week long cooking classes hosted by renowned chefs.

  • New Jersey, United States

Speaks English

from US$5,972
from US$5,972
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler

    "One of our best vacations ever! Stress free and tons of fun. Every day a different , wonderful adventure! Jens, the villa owner and our host is one of the most fascinating and knowledgeable persons I've ever met. He arranged several tours of wineries as well as memorable dinners at the Villa and small, out of the way osterias we would never have found on our own. The cooking classes were a highlight! With Jens guidance we managed to create lunches to rival any five star restaurant! we even had our own driver to take us to and from all venues! Morning breakfasts in the courtyard a daily treat. First class all the way. Don't hesitate to book this trip!"

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  • Review by A traveler

    "One of our best vacations ever! Stress free and tons of fun. Every day a different , wonderful adventure! Jens, the villa owner and our host is one of the most fascinating and knowledgeable persons I've ever met. He arranged several tours of wineries as well as memorable dinners at the Villa and small, out of the way osterias we would never have found on our own. The cooking classes were a highlight! With Jens guidance we managed to create lunches to rival any five star restaurant! we even had our own driver to take us to and from all venues! Morning breakfasts in the courtyard a daily treat. First class all the way. Don't hesitate to book this trip! "

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  • Review by A traveler from New Jersey, US

    "The villa was a lovely, relaxing with absolutely amazing views. The quaint property was perfect for relaxing poolside, taking wonderful walks through the gardens or gathering as a group in the courtyard for an amazing meal or drink! Guest rooms were very spacious, decorated extremely well and comfortable sleeping arrangements especially with the windows open taking in the beautiful breeze. Jens was a tremendous host; his attention to the details was superb. His cooking classes were over the top, the excursions we took were each better than the next and the restaurants he arranged for us were spectacular....every aspect of the week was exceptional! "

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  • Review by A traveler from New Jersey, US

    "The villa was a lovely, relaxing with absolutely amazing views. The quaint property was perfect for relaxing poolside, taking wonderful walks through the gardens or gathering as a group in the courtyard for an amazing meal or drink! Guest rooms were very spacious, decorated extremely well and comfortable sleeping arrangements especially with the windows open taking in the beautiful breeze. Jens was a tremendous host; his attention to the details was superb. His cooking classes were over the top, the excursions we took were each better than the next and the restaurants he arranged for us were spectacular....every aspect of the week was exceptional!"

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  • Review by Sandra T.

    "We enjoyed every minute of our stay at Montecastelli. Jens is a wonderful host who made sure of our every need. Our room was very spacious and the bed very comfortable. The view from our room was spectacular. The villa is perched atop a mountain with stunning views of the Tuscan countryside. We really appreciated the farm to table experience and Jens' vast knowledge of local wine and olive oil."

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  • Review by a traveler from Texas, USA

    "We spent a week at Montecastelli for the annual cooking school hosted by the villa and Marco Canora, chef / owner of Hearth Restaurant in Manhattan. It was an amazing week. The villa is beautiful and the rooms are so tastefully done, with the smell of lavender lingering everywhere. Jens, the owner, is charming and so well informed about food and wines of the region and just about everything else!"

    "The cooking school was fun and delicious. We learned a lot. Marco is an excellent teacher and you can tell he genuinely loves what he is doing and wants you to understand what he is teaching and be able to do it at home! There was a group of 12 and we had such a good time together. Truly a memorable vacation and I would definitely go back."

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  • Review by a traveler from Madisonville, USA

    "Montecastelli lived up to every dream I ever had of staying in an Italian villa. It was absolutely perfect! The place is beautiful. Jens was so knowledgeable. Extremely helpful and such a wonderful chef. I would certainly recommend staying here and would stay here again on future returns to Italy. Thanks Jens and his wonderful staff!"

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "We spent a week at Montecastelli in early September with both of our families to celebrate our wedding. We found it online and didn't have the chance to see it before the wedding but it was just as perfect as on the pictures and in the other reviews. The villa is so beautiful, everybody loved it. And Jens and Barbara were really welcoming and helpful. They made it so easy for us, we didn't have to worry about anything. The wedding dinner and the flowers provided by them were amazing. They also recommended a wedding planner and a band that were really great. We had the best time and all our guests were really happy and relaxed. We have the best memories of that week and want to go back for sure!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Maryland, USA

    "This was our second trip to Montecastello and Jens and Barbara were wonderful hosts again. I just can't think of a better location in Tuscany. Its central location in Monteriggioni gave us easy access to Montalcino, Montepulciano, Pienza, Cortona, the entire Chianti region, San Gimignano, Volterra, etc. "

    "The villa is simply spectacular. Well-appointed rooms and sitting areas, dining options in the courtyard, beautiful views from its location on top of a large hill, and a pool. It is a perfect location for family reunions, bike trips or just touring Tuscany."

    "One of our favorite things, despite all of the great food and wine throughout Tuscany, was having dinners prepared by Jens and his staff. Jens is an incredible chef. We had four dinners there, each different and each leaving a lasting memory. We also got a tour of Jens' olive processing operation, his meat curing room that smelled so fantastic that I had to ask if I could sleep in there but he wouldn't let me, and his extensive vegetable gardens."

    "The villa is air-conditioned throughout - and that is a wonderful thing as many villas in Tuscany do not have air conditioning. The group on this trip was comprised of 7 of us who were touring Tuscany on bike. All in all, perfect location, perfect villa and wonderful hosts. Thank you Jens and Barbara!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Wisconsin, USA

    "We were incredibly astounded when we walked into our apartment. It was beautifully decorated and charming. We arrived late in the evening and did not shop for food for the stay. Jen was so kind to share his homemade ravioli and olive oil. What a tasty surprise! The kitchen had all the amenities and appliances needed. Jen and his family were very gracious and accommodating and we are already planning our next trip. We only stayed for 3 nights but will definitely plan a full week or more next visit. The Villa is in the country and the views are outstanding and within driving distance for day trips anywhere. Thank you, Jen and Barbara. We will be back soon!"

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  • Review by Kathleen E. from New York, USA

    "I cannot say enough about Montecastelli, its owners and the beautiful experience. I arrived at the villa with 10 extended family members after a 4-day stay in Rome. The days in Rome were amazing and exhausting! So the Villa was a welcome respite. Our hosts, Jens and Barbara, were so welcoming and warm, it felt like we were visiting old friends. Jens was there if we needed him for some advice or info on local sites, and yet never intrusive. "

    "The views from the Villa were breathtaking, overlooking beautiful farmland, vineyards and mountains. Our accommodations were comfortable and inviting. Able to handle our family of 10, or a couple looking for peace and privacy Montecastelli could handle either, or anything in between! Our apartment consisted of 5 beautifully decorated bedrooms, 4 full baths, and a very large kitchen that we could all sit around one large table and a comfortable sitting room with a fireplace where we would sit after a day of travel. "

    "The Villa was a perfect spot for day trips to Florence, Venice, Assisi or Sienna and just a short drive to see the beautiful little town of San Gimigiano (we had to visit this town several times it was so beautiful!). If you take my advice and choose this breathtaking Tuscany spot you will also become familiar with the most wonderful olive oil, 100% produced at the Villa! I just can't say enough about the best part of our Italy vacation, our stay at the beautiful villa. It will prove to be the highlight of your Tuscany experience!"

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